We said good bye to our new friends in Savoca Sicily at the Resort Borgo San Rocco. On to Puglia! First we took a 2 hour drive to the ferry in Messina and then the 1 hour windy ferry trip to Villa San Giovanni in the region of Calabria, Italy. After a 4 hour drive through Calabria and Basilicato in the foot of Italy, we arrived in Puglia, the heel and Achilles’ tendon! We drove through the Puglian towns of Taranto, Martina Francis and Locorotondo, all worth visiting.
Puglia is known for its charming trulli building structures, traditional dry stone huts with conical roofs were originally storage sheds and barns built in the 15-18th centuries. They were later used as homes and today are remodeled to meet modern needs. Trullo is 1 hut, Trulli is more than 1.
Here are some pics of our trulli. It was remodeled and is owned by the architect Michele Camporeale. There are 4 apartments. Two of them were finishing up the reconstruction. La Vita a Cono!
Here are pics of some neighbors trulli
This above trullo is a more simple style closer to the original.
Cisternino is the town close to our trullo. Here are some pics
One day we visited 3 towns.
Locorotondo is a quiet peaceful place painted white and filled with colorful flower pots.
Egnazia, a Greek Roman Archeological Park and Museum and the adjoining ancient olive groves
Alberobello is a larger town made up of mostly trulli. Here we toured a two story trulli museum. The tour guide told us this town population originated from Cappadocia, Turkey, where there are similar styles homes built in the caves.
Lecce, the Florence of the south, is a large city filled with baroque architecture, churches and castles and also Roman ruins being excavated underneath the city of Lecce.
Another day we journeyed to the sea: Poltignano a Mare, a stunning town built up on cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean.
More of Cisternino
For What’s to Eat in Puglia?, check my post here at Ninainthekitchen